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control. majority leader harry reid says he will move the package of bills when they come back from spring recess next month. it will include back ground checks but not a ban on assault weapons. >> for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies. and what happened to them. and those six teachers and administrators. >> these are john lien on's blood eyeglasses from the day he was murdered. good to see both of you, good morning. let me read to you from the column in the washington post this morning. we all know what's happening here. senate democrats face a tough battle to hold on to their slim majority. i'd love to hear them explain their cal kragss to the parents of newtown. emily, is harry reid's bill essentially a surrender that's based on the political reality of the vote next year? >> i would actually even challenge even at this point harry reid's cal slags that this is a political reality. the reality is the american public is already there. partic
has been unfolding. senate majority leader harry reid went to the senate floor and talked about the training accident and immediately talked about the sequester budget cuts and military training. we'll let you hear the remarks and the latest on the investigation a little later in the show. tensions rising on the korean peninsula where the u.s. is flying nuclear capable b-52 bombers over the south. the pentagon says the move is in response to escalating threats from north korea and that it's trying to draw attention to the fact that the u.s. has, quote, extended deterrents capabilities. the aircraft flew over the peninsula on march 8th with another mission planned for today. after more than a decade, pakistani authorities arrest add man linked to the brutal murder of wall street journal reporter daniel pearl. a senior pakistani official says the suspect was arrested in karachi. daniel pearl was on the way to interview a pakistani militant, he was later beheaded in a video that was sent to u.s. officials and posted online and is extremely upsetting, so now the beginnings of some j
martha: this is a possible big setback for gun control advocates. senate majority leader harry reid says that he is dropping the assault weapons ban part of this which is really what we've been talking about all along. dropping that from the senate's gun control package. i'm joined by senator scott brown who is not at all surprised by this action. the former u.s. senator and fox news contributor joins us now. senator, good to have you with us to america's newsroom. >> thank you very much. martha: a lot of people talked about the big talk on sought weapons ban and it was so important to be passed. now it is not in the bill and been deleted. >> he is particular harry reid trying to protect senators up for re-election in red states making sure he wasn't going to have to take tough votes. during my three years he was always protecting his members to make sure they didn't take tough votes. get them in a room together, let them work out some type of compromise everybody can live with. martha: what do you think about it? everybody is saying this is huge win for the nra who very much wanted focu
to move forward? it is significant that it is harry reid. prided himself on the support he received from the nra. he was able to use the support of gun rights groups to defeat in aepublican opponents difficult race. he has been reluctant to support gun control throughout the years. since the newtown shooting, he has been largely silent on the issue. it has been a big question on what harry reid would support on the floor of the senate. the fact he has introduced background checks is significant. has beennne feinstein an advocate on the assault weapons ban and something she has worked on for a long time. thebig was the defeat of assault weapons ban, and take us behind the scenes. it was totally expected. i think ever since the newtown shooting, we knew there was momentum building for gun this hugegislation, popular support around the country for that measure. the band has been questionable, partly because you are taking away the rights of ordinary citizens to own a certain kind of gun that they currently own. would be banned under this legislation. it was just not clear that they would be
to "hardball." harry reid dealt a devastating blow to gun control supporters yesterday when he signaled his bill next month won't include senator dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban. handing a political victory in round one to the nra. according to reid it was a numbers game. >> right now her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. i'm not going to try to put somebody on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> i saw that coming. feinstein who has championed the cause for decades of fighting assault weapons plans to keep fighting for her ban. >> very powerful. i've known that all my wife. it doesn't take a weapon away from anyone. i mean, my goodness, the nra says there are 2 million of these or 3 million of them, whatever it is, in the country already. how many assault weapons do you need in the united states of america? >> well, the new york covered that this morning. look at that, wow. the headline "shame on u.s., assault weapons bill is dead." that is tough. surrounded by the photos of the children there killed in
of this and why harry reid yanked assault weapons, why we never even got the magazine limit of ten rounds on your magazine for the semiautomatics. why that never got even in play here. >> well, i mean, it's partly a testament to the power of the nra, the power of the nra with democrats. look at what's going to happen in 2014, democrats are up in red states. people like kay hagan, folks like that who don't want to be on record supporting the assault weapons ban. the house figured as well to add the assault weapons ban to any major bill would kill it. >> even though a majority of people want a ban. >> the reality is polls don't vote. polls aren't up for re-election. all of the folks in the red states are up for re-election in 2014. i think in many ways they will be happy to vote against an amendment, this assault weapons ban, but also support universal background checks. that will make them look moderate. >> mark, how do you build an organization of people that really do keep their minds on and their money on gun safety? >> well, i think we've started to do it. at this point we have more than 900 m
. >>> a victory of sorts for advocates of stricter gun control laws. senate majority leader harry reid says gun legislation that will be debated next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers. that came after vice president biden's trip to new york city where he called for tougher gun laws after a meeting with parents of children killed in the newtown massacre. we've now learned that one of the children's parents have met with the father of the gunman adam lanza in an effort to bring some closure to the tragedy. >>> the new budget deal just passed by congress last night appears to continue the requirement for six-day mail delivery. but some lawmakers and postal officials say plans to cut saturday service to save money should proceed. others say a provision in the bill mandates six-day delivery. >>> faced with a billion dollar deficit, dozens of elementary schools in chicago are being closed. officials claim most of the 54 elementary schools to be shut down are half empty anyway. but opponents say these closures mostly in poor and black areas will further e
weapons all but dead in the senate according to tom democrat harry reid, the vice president said he's not giving up. >> i'm not going to rest nor is the president until we do all of these things, all of these things. >> reporter: he told the family of a teacher killed protecting children in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting that the country needs some political backbone. >> you know, it's time for a political establishment to show the courage your daughter showed. >> reporter: the father of a 6-year-old also killed at newtown said shame on the congress. >> i'm really ashamed to see that congress doesn't have the guts to stand up and make a change and put a ban on these type of weapons and universal background checks. >> reporter: from new york's mayor bloomberg a call for public pressure. >> if you want to make a difference, you've got to pick up the phone, call your congressperson. >> reporter: but what happened was no surprise. conservative democrats in the senate up for re-election risk riling up pro-gun forces in an election year if they vote for the ban. democratic supp
. >> the nra has bottled to fight the bill that is set forth by senate majority leader harry reid. the nra also filed a federal suit their stake disputing the constitutionality of governor andrew cuomos safe act. the safe act is sweeping gun control bill cuomo signed into law in january. >> we will be right back. [ female announcer ] the one for all. mcdonald's dollar menu, home of the meaty, melty mcdouble you love... and now love two more tastes, the bold hot n spicy mcchicken, and the irresistible new grilled onion cheddar. each just a dollar. and the irresistible new grilled onion cheddar. the words are going this way-there's no way. oh, the lights came on. isn't technology supposed to make life easier? at chase we're pioneering innovations that make banking simple. deposit a check with a photo. pay someone with an email. and bank seamlessly with our award-winning mobile app. take a step forward... and chase what matters. with colgate optic white toothpaste. it whitens over 2 shades more than a leading whitening toothpaste. and try colgate optic white mouthwash. to whiten more than 3 shades
presented by harry reid. the republicans agreed to the president's budget in the senate so it could be voted on, and the vote was zero for the president's budget two years in a row. to say republicans are not for something -- republicans are presenting a plan of government and the democrats are saying let's leave everything on automatic pilot. what the news media may cover remains to be seen -- >> gentle nudge. if you're looking for ideas from either party, they are readily available in terms of covering it every day. i see each party lay out its vision on each topic. the question of what breaks through is different, but it is there for people who want to dive in and get a greater idea of what the parties want to say. another question. >> in the next general election, the leading democratic candidates will be 70 years and older. is chris christie to heavy to be heavy? >> age and weight in one question. >> no, i do not think he is too heavy. he is the most popular republican governor in the country right now. several of the republicans. rick scott of florida and john kasich, so they have prob
advocates. >> senate majority leader harry reid says a ban on assault weapons will not be part of the gun control packages bring to the senate floor for debate. he says there is not just enough support. but california senator dianne feinstein, who wrote the bill, says she's been promised a vote and plans to introduce the assault weapons portion of the bill as an amendment. >> this legislation should be supported. it is aimed to protect children. to protect schools. it is aimed to dry up the supply of weapons overtime. >> while that part of the measure is in limbo. it is likely the senate will vote on three other measures. a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips, a call for universal background checks, and stiffer penalties for gun trafficking. >> the pentagon is getting ready for the start of forced for day workweeks. furlough notices will began going out on friday. workers will be forced to take unpaid leave for 22 days or one day each week, from april 21st thru september 21st. that is equal to a 20% pay cut for five months. the furloughs will affect most of the defense department 800,00
background check system of all gun sales. >> senate majority leader harry reid express getting support for tougher gun legislation. he has since introduced a bill that would expand the background check system and deal with school safety in gun trafficking. >> the parent of grace mcdonnell one of the sandy hook students killed hopes that will motivate lawmakers. >> i hope that all my heart the all of the senators congressman men and women were in our shoes for one day, one hour and felt the pain that we have with our daughter. maybe it they would take action. >> i am ed payne reporting. >> the the spending bill passed by congress continues the requirement for 6 day mail delivery. but some lawmakers and postal officials said the plans to cut saturday service should proceed. last month the post service said it was switched in august to five days service for first-class mail but continues as a package delivery. they argue that they will still have delivered over six days with the difference is that not all mail will be delivered all six days. >> tens of thousands chicago students, parents
harry reid of nevada was on the senate floor hours after the accident. it happened in his home state of nevada. he used it as an example of how sequestration, those budget cuts, will harm military readiness. >> just not appropriate, mr. president, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary. these men and women are marines who were training there in hawthorne, and with the sequester it's going to cut this stuff back. i hope everyone understands the sacrifices made by our military. they are significant. reporter: there are reports there's been a worldwide ban on using these 60-millimeter mortars while the investigation take place. but marine officials tell us they're not aware of such ban at this time. >> shepard: jennifer, thanks. the syrian regime that lied about the torture of its people, today made the claim that the rebel fighters launched a deadly chemical weapons attack. it is said the rebels used a chemical agent that killed dozen0s people and wounded dozens more. state media claims this video shows some of the victims. we can't confirm. but russia, the syri
on assault weapons, just like harry reid. got results apparently. no telling what his billion dollar megaphone will do on the national level. think we will find out, and he is not the only american oligarch with a bankroll to make a political difference. this dollar right here, he is the 16th richest in the country, 16 riches fellow. he has a net worth of a paltry $19 billion. these folks have some pretty serious money, don't you think? according to the "washington post", largely laid low one-and-a-half million to a few. and then there is this young fellow. he has a long way to go. mark, he is, well, a 25th richest person in the country. twenty-fifth. he has a net worth of just $13 billion. now, these are justtthree of the liberal oligarchs trying to change america. according to a san francisco he is given up to $20 million to a new advocacy group that will support comprehensive immigration reform. american oligarchy. isn't that exciting? ec back here. he has a lot of time to check up don't expect him to stay down there. they are intent on filling their agendas, but don't get confuse
to organize 309 million of us into one efficient unit. >> i speak for many when i say thank god for harry reid stopped bush's plan to privatize social security. so you wanted to turn her grandmother's retirement to lehman brothers, bear stearns? int is the people who were charge. social security has been around for 75 years and has never missed a check. thank god for social security. as for "obamacare," call your mother, father, ask them if like being on medicare. they love it. yes. and yet medicare only has 5000 employees. private insurance has hundreds of thousands of employees. inernment, more efficient health insurance. more effective, lower overhead, better outcomes, lower prices. the only change i want to make is change the eligibility age to birth. let's all get on medicare, then we will have a real system. >> i will not answer that, but i would love to all on. have you been to the dmv lately? yes. house of service. >> when secretary of state hillary clinton appeared for the senate hearing on benghazi, here is what she said about the cause of the riot -- [video clip] >> what difference
cowards. and then michael moore was on piers morgan's show, if a gunman killed harry reid's grandchildren in their school, would harry reid have kept the assault weapons from being introduced to congress. go ahead. >> i think one thing you look at yoko and what she put out there and god bless her for doing this and keeping the conversation alive, one thing i will say is where is the picture about mental health? the guy who killed her husband had tried to kill himself a couple of years earlier, had been in a mental institution, his family knew he had problems. how he was able to go out there and yet do this and we didn't have, knowing this guy should not have been able to purchase a weapon, that he should have been on a list, he was able to buy what he wanted to. he actually tried to kill himself. >> the pictures for mental health are newtown and aurora. >> that's my point. so why aren't we talking about one of the biggest issues here, because once it goes political and this whole gun control debate, it is the gun, it is the gun, the consistent theme we keep seeing in these tragedies is a
. going forward, when congress returns from the easter and passover break, harry reid has signaled the first thing that he may well do is bring a gun violence measure to the floor of the united states senate, and it contains a background check provision that has been widely criticized by many republicans. lengthymming note, this discussion of the background check provision with senator tom ."burn sunday on "newsmakers that is what we're looking at ford as we move into a couple of weeks from now when the senate returns. >> neils lesniewski will be our guest on sunday, talking to senator tom coburn. and live look at the senate chamber. heritage action is treating that as leaders attempt to decide the earama roup of vot amendments. what are your budget priorities. the house passed a proposal yesterday. eveninggo well into the and maybe by early saturday morning, and it will be wrapped up. let's go to calls. good afternoon. make sure you meet your television. -- you mute your television. next, bobbie. your sure you mute television. -- the my concern is budget. i feel that social securi
majority leader harry reid said that legislation would likely be debated next month that will include tougher laws and stiffer sentences for gun trafficking and increased school safety grants. a ban on assault-style weapons was dropped from the bill. >> a relationship dispute could be to blame for a deadly marine base triple shooting. the tragedy happened last week in virginia -- both the shooter, and one of the two people murdered are from the bay area. governemnt officials say sergeant eusebio lopez is accused of shooting to death corporal jacob wooley, from massechusetts. as well as lance corporal sara castromata, a 19-year-old from oakley. lopez joined the marines seven years ago. serving in both the afghanistan and iraq wars. he was heavily decorated.earning 11 awards. he was promoted to sergeant in 2011 and was a tactics instructor, specializing as a machine gunner at the officer candidate school. a relationship dispute could be to blame for a deadly marine base triple shooting. the tragedy happened this week in virginia -- both the shooter, and one of the two people murdered ar
investigation now. moments ago the senator from nevada, majority leader harry reid, tald about the explosion on the senate floor. >> my thoughts are with those who are injured and, of course, the families of those who lost loved ones. and marines all over the world are now focusing on the loss of their fellow marines. they're grieving this loss. jon: we will have much more on this developing story with a live report from the pentagon later on "happening now." ♪ jon: brand new developments on immigration reform as a rising republican star outlines a new plan. good morning, i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. senator rand paul making some headlines today, now supporting a pathway to citizenship for the nation's estimated 31 million illegals -- 11 million illegals. it's a significant policy move, but the possible 2016 white house candidate also makes it clear that his plan does come with conditions. >> if you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in america, then we will find a place for you. in order to bring conservatives to this cause, however, those who work for refor
reality, and pulling the assault weapons ban from gun control legislation. majority leader harry reid says there aren't enough votes to overcome gop opposition. he says separating the ban from measures increases the chances of passage. the assault weapons ban appeared to gain momentum after the massacre in newtown, connecticut, in november. >>> president obama heading to the mideast in israel. the first time he visited the jewish state as president. abc's tahman bradley looks at the issues. >> reporter: president obama embarked on a trip to the middle east with the goal of winning the hearts and minds of the israeli people, mr. obama's first visit to israel as president. he will make several symbolic stops including laying a wreath at the founder of modern zionism. the centerpiece of the visit is delivering a speech to an audience of mostly college students. >> the president will visit israel with a message about the enduring relationship between the united states and israel about the unshakeable commitment the united states has to israel's security. >> report
control advocates, as senate majority leader and harry reid says the ban on assault weapons will not be part of the gun control package he is really to the senate floor for debate. he says there's is not enough support. california senator dianne feinstein who wrote the bill, says she's been promised about implants introduce the assault weapons portion of the bill as an amendment. >> this is important me, i will not laid out and play dead. i think the american people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation. it is and to protect children, schools, and malls. it is aimed to dry up the supply. >> that are the measure is in limbo and it is likely that the senate will vote on three other measure. a ban on all high-capacity ammo clips, a call for universal background checks and sent the for penalties for gun travel trafficking. >> california lawmakers are pushing for harsher punishments for people convicted of making false police reports. these calls are also known as wadding. the term is used to describe a situation where police or other fi
for the by the senate majority leader harry reid. the nra also filed a federal suit thirsted disputing the constitutionality of the governor andrew cuomo's safe act. the said act is a sweeping gun control bill that cuomo signed into law in january. >> thousands of government workers can expect temporary furloughs over the next six months. the house voted yesterday to keep the government running for the next six months, but left in place $85 billion in spending cuts to the pentagon and domestic programs. the spending authorization is on his way to the white house for president obama signature. >> the new spending bill passed by congress continues the requirement for six they mail delivery. but some lawmake in post officlawmakers and postal officials say that the plan is to cut saturday service that it should proceed. last month the postal service said it was which in august to a 5 day service for first-class mail but they continued the six daypack is delivered. they argue that they will still have to deliver over six days, but the difference is that not all the mail will be delivered on
: earlier this week, senate majority leader harry reid said an assault weapons ban didn't have enough support to pass the senate and would not be part of a larger gun control law. it still may be voted on as >> on day two of his middle east tour, president obama took on the deadlock in the israeli-palestinian peace process. he spent time with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas. president obama is calling for direct talks between the two parties and sharing a vision for a peaceful future. two rockets launched from gaza hit southern israel thursday. the same day as president obama's visit to the west bank to talk about the stalled israeli-palestinian peace process. >> we cannot give up on the search for peace, no matter how hard it is. >> reporter: following earlier meetings with israeli leaders, he met with the president of the palestinian authority, mahmoud abbas. to discuss key sticking points in the peace process..including jewish settlements in the west bank. president obama stressed the need to achieve sovereignty for palestinians and
for gun buyers. harry reid says it will include tougher laws and tougher sentences for gun trafficking. the national rifle association opposes the background check saying this could lead to a federal -- regis tri-of gun owners. >>> that event will be at the reed hill view airport between 8:00 a.m. and noon. >> it is 8:15. u.s. district courts in northern california are taking five furlough days to deal with forced cutbacks. san francisco and san jose will be closed on the first friday of every month from may to september. the court in oakland will be closed the first monday from may to august. it will close on the second monday in september because of the labor day holiday. >>> a berkley couple are among the plaintiffs in this historic case. they claim prop 8, california's voter approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. the couple has been together for 13 years and raised four boys. >> they're adults going to work every day that are in the situation sandy and i are in. they would do better, there would be more permanence. >> same-sex couples said they should be afforded th
how to count. incredible. >>anna: 6:34. to your news headline. senate majority leader harry reid con conceding duet on the democrats -- con seethe defeat on the democrats plan on assault weapons. many lawmakers and gun rights advocates plan to fight those regulations claiming provisions violate their constitutional right to bear arms. >>brian: he spent 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. this holocaust survivor and rabbi walking out of a prison -- walking out of prison in new york yesterday after a judge overturned his 1990 conviction for a botched robbery. it turns out there was no physical evidence against him. just flawed witness testimony. >> i said in the beginning i have nothing to do with this case. if he's interested, there will be so much paper work as you'd like to read on this case and make your own decision. >>brian: unfortunately prosecutors say justice may never be served. the only other suspect in the case is dead. >>steve: soon drug-sniffing dogs won't be able to smell marijuana due to the recent legalization of recreational pot, many state police dogs
. yesterday, senator majority leader harry reid had a debate on the floor and it is limited on this c.r. if the full 06 hours are taken up we'll see a vote on thursday. senate democrats want to move to their budget. the first senate budget on the oor in four years offered by patti murray and that budget is open to unlimited amendments, basically. once they start on that there could be 100 or more amendments and now they are talking about weekend votes. ut harry reid has not left for easter or passover recess before completing that. basically, the 60 hows of post closure debate time could be mited if they can get an unanimous consent but the senator from kansas blocked it because he wants an amendment on the federal aviation administration budget to allow them to have more money to stop the furloughs of the air traffic controllers. this has hit his state really heard and they are not giving him that vote so far. it is a slippery slope idea. they give him his vote they would have a flood gate opened. at one point there is 90 amendments to the c.r. and they are trying to avoid the situat
, and not considering they would be a democrat and working with harry reid instead of mitch mcconnell -- >> wait, wait, wait. you forgetting about alvin green. >> oh, yes. [ laughter ] >> there are a lot of people who have forgotten about him. he ran for the state house after that and just got trounced. >> did he really? >> yeah. >> bill: oh, he did. >> despite all of the notoriety and at attention he got facing jim demint that was not one of the most successful political careers. >> bill: lindsey graham has become so far right, you know, you can't get to the right of him anymore, because he is afraid of his own shadow, but has anybody filed against him or is he just making it up? >> no. no. and of course filing won't open until march of next year and nobody has really even emerged, though there are tea party forces and libertarian forces here in the republican party who are small but vocal and pretty organized and they would love to get a credible candidate up against him. in fact they would love to change the rules of the primary so it's done at a convention than a primary itself
agree with my colleague senator harry reid and qusseir to describe the state of our country and the state of our national defense and the challenges we face around the world right now. it's a very difficult time and a dangerous time around the world. thatf the first challenges we face and one of the greatest national security threats that march of irane toward obtaining a nuclear weapon. i find myself, in reviewing senator heard chuck hagel's record and what he said when he appeared before us in a very lengthy hearing before the committee, to be very much at odds with him on this issue and also on some of his prior positions at odds with members of both sides of the aisle. host: merideth shiner, what about her role in the nomination of chuck hagel? you see her out front on the issue and on what happens in benghazi, the attacks on the embassy? guest: this is something you saw -- i don't using as know what to college. they have been very vocal on the issue, whether it was benghazi or the nomination of chuck hagel, which eventually passed, but not without some consternation. it
senate for three years never took up a budget. the president's budget was never presented by harry reid. the republicans agreed to the president's budget in the senate so it could be voted on, and the vote was zero for the president's budget two years in a row. to say republicans are not for something -- republicans are presenting a plan of government and the democrats are saying let's leave everything on automatic pilot. what the news media may cover remains to be seen -- >> gentle nudge. if you're looking for ideas from either party, they are readily available in terms of covering it every day. i see each party lay out its vision on each topic. the question of what breaks through is different, but it is there for people who want to dive in and get a greater idea of what the parties want to say. another question. >> in the next general election, the leading democratic candidates will be 70 years and older. is chris christie to heavy to be heavy? -- too heavy to be president? >> age and weight in one question. >> no, i do not think he is too heavy. he is the most popular republican gove
harry reid. families who lost loved ones in the newtown school shooting met in new york with vice president biden together they're calling for more firearm restrictions. >> i ask everybody to stand up and speak out. >> we ask you to try to gain your new perspective by thinking about the unthinkable which is unfortunately our reality. >> opponents of gun control including nra say background checks can easily be side stepped. >> yoko ono adding her voice to the debate. john lennon's wife. she tweeted out a picture of the glasses that he was wearing, there they are, bloodied glasses. this would have been their 44th wedding anniversary. and with those glasses she tweeted out, over 1,057,000 have been killed by guns in the usa since john lennon was shot and killed on december 8, 1980. >> that is a powerful tweet. >> staggering numbers. she also said her and their son, john, after 33 years, still miss john of course. >> we all do. >>> well, we're learning this morning about a near diplomatic disaster during the bush administration. during the united nations conference in new york in 200
? >> harry reid put the gun restriction measure up on the floor yesterday. he took out the assaults weapon's ban, and that will be an amendment. but it had universal background checks in it, and so that's moving forward. they have to get the immigration bill before august. if they don't pass this bill by july all of these guys have to go back to their districts. we know in august what those townhall rallies are like. they have do it before then. >> bill: you are right i have seen legislation on gun safety and immigration there is a lot -- on climate change? >> not so much. i don't think that's a big priority as far as something that is going to happen as assuredly as immigration or a gun-safety bill. >> i think the immigration issue is a really fascinating one because we're starting to see rush limbaugh that lou dobbs were the amnesty that destroyed the immigration debate in 2007. and rand paul has gotten caught up on this issue on amnesty and being attacked by the great rush limbaugh. >> bill: the republicans a lot billed by talk radio that pulled the plug on george bu
leader harry reid introduced a gun bill yesterday that does include expanded background checks. the senate will debate it after a two-week recess. coming up in 20 minutes we're going to speak with stephen barton, a survivor of the aurora movie theater shooting. he's working with the newtown families as part of this mayors against illegal guns. >>> former president nicolas sarkozy under formal investigation this morning for breach of trust charges. sarkozy is accused of taking advantage of france's richest woman to help illegally fund his 2007 presidential campaign. terry arnaud joins us from paris this morning. what's the latest? >> well, it's a bit of a political -- that took us by surprise in paris. it was about 10:00 p.m. local and announced the former president was being put under investigation. what that means is that the three charges he was facing yesterday found sufficient converging and serious clues to choose to go ahead with this formal investigation. the charges, as you've described them, are extremely serious. he's accused of having taken advantage of an ailing old
it here in america instead of supporting the terrorism and harry reid as the senate leader hasn't passed a budget in four years -- we treat politics like it as a sports event instead of what is our future instead of did my team win. things bother me. guest: you will hear more talk about oil especially around the keystone pipeline which remains controversial. it is something we will hear more about looking at the oil numbers. also liquefied natural gas is a big issue that republicans will push for. the belt way thinks it is a sport. levels. on both many of look at numbers and policy. pay moreght have to for a hamburger at the meat inspectors get laid off so we look at if this is selling their point. host: regarding messaging war, what will the message be from the democrats and republicans as they go back to their districts over the next two weeks? guest: democrats will tell their constituents that they protected the vulnerable through medicare and they stop republicans from turning it into a voucher and republicans will tell their constituents that they brought down the deficit and they a
opposes specific background check provisions that senator harry reid has included in the package, increasing the costs associated with the action under the system." you can read the story online at rollcall.com. the nra weighed in on all this, of course, with a series of ads, including this one. [video clip] >> in a recent closed-door speech, bill clinton spoke about american dollars. "these people have been listening to this stuff so long, they believe that." "it is not surprising that their bitter and cling to guns and religion." we grant them power. we protect them. they do not make us free. as long as we have the second amendment, we always will be. ourre america and politicians are only as powerful as we the people will allow. the latest from the nra, again focusing on guns, background checks. a look at guns and video games in our country. of course, front and center, following what happened in newtown, conn. last december. the hearst newspaper focusing on all of these issues, this writing -- chronicle," exploring one aspect of our culture, the prevalence of violence in our
by democrats, and harry reid is not going to move anything forward. but senator graham says what he'll do is hold up any nominations and wreak havoc. over on the house side, frank wolf, a republican congressman from the commonwealth of virginia, says he has 60 signatures on a document to install a select committee, which will be great because then the select committee would look into what happened. john bolton, who used to be our ambassador to the united nations, says something is not right here. listen. >> i think the entire way the administration has handled the benghazi affair has been abnormal and i think it's particularly strange that the people who were there when the attack took place were not made available to congress or others interested in finding out what actually happened that day. part of the administration's problem here is that many people think they engaged in a coverup, that they made up the story about the demonstration because they didn't want to reveal that terrorist groups were prevalent in and around benghazi. i think the way to get to the bottom of the issue one wa
seniors and future generations. while in the senate harry reid and patty murray are considering a budget that never balances. it increases taxes by $1 trillion and let's medicare and social security race towards bankruptcy. and it turns medicare into a program that rations benefits to seniors. make no mistake, washington is approaching $17 trillion of debt and more than 12 million americans are unable to find work. the decisions we make will either sink us deeper into debt or put us on a path that encourages job creation and restores the belief that if we work hard and make tough choices, our kids will inherit a stronger country. mr. speaker, the choice is clear. if hoosier families balanced their budgets, washington doesn't have an excuse. it's time the president and the senate offer real solutions for hardworking hoosier families. i commend chairman ryan and the house budget committee for their hard work and i urge my colleagues to support the resolution. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. chairman. i n
today. majority leader harry reid has not ruled out weekend sessions to finish up work on the budget before releasing members for the two week spring recess. now to live coverage of the senate here on c-span2. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain dr. barry black will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. lord of all being, energize our senators today with your presence. out of your infinite wisdom, speak to their finite hearts and guide them on right paths. out of your marvelous grace, minister to their common needs. inspire them to cherish the ethical road that leads to a destination that honors you. remind them that they may make plans, but your purposes will prevail. enable them to sense your guidance as they grapple with the problems of our time. we pray in your great name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty an
's budget was never presented by harry reid. the republicans and to this the president's budget in the senate so it could be voted on, and the vote was zero for the president's budget two years in a row appeared to say republicans are not for something -- republicans are presenting a plan of government and the democrats are saying let's leave everything on automatic pilot. coverhe news media may remains to be seen -- >> gentle nudge. ideas fromooking for either party, they are readily available in terms of covering it every day. i see each party lay out its vision on each topic. the question of what breaks through is different, but it is there for people who want to dive in and get a greater idea of what the parties want to say. another question. >> in the dutch general leading democraticin candidates will be 70 years and older. is chris christie to heavy to be heavy? >> age and weight in one question. is tooi did not think he heavy. he is the most popular republican governor in the country right now. rick scott of florida and john problems. they have in terms of 2016, this is g
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